An Comunn Gaidhealach’s latest newsletter contains details to support the development of Gaelic language, culture, music and literacy in the curriculum.
Press Release from The Highland Council
The Highland Council is to launch a new video this week “Educational Growth” aimed at parents who are thinking of enrolling their children in Gaelic Medium Education. The video features a range of different people who explain the benefits of Gaelic Medium Education and of being bilingual.
Professor Antonella Sorace from the University of Edinburgh gives an insight into how young children can pick up languages quickly and the skills a person can gain from learning more than one language.
The video also features the experiences of parents who enrolled their children into Gaelic education without speaking the language themselves. It answers fears and questions parents may have about the opportunity, such as how they are able to help with homework and how they can still feel very much included in their child’s education.
Musicians also feature in the video, such as singer-songwriter Robert Robertson and member of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Chad Smith, who discuss the benefits of Gaelic education and the effects it has on a child’s future growth.
The video was created to demonstrate to parents how enriching, inclusive and unique Gaelic Education can be and to encourage them to take advantage of Gaelic Medium opportunities.
Councillor Alister Mackinnon, Chair of the Highland Council’s Gaelic Strategy and Implementation Group, said: “This is an excellent video which explains simply and clearly the many benefits of learning more than one language. It shows parents how engaging this type of education can be and how it can provide their child with skills they may not be able to develop elsewhere.”
The video was created by the Council’s Gaelic Team and was funded by the Scottish Government. The Team worked with editor, Donald Ewen who has a key role in the Gaelic soap ‘Bannan’.
The video was previously well-received when it previewed at An t-Alltan, the annual Gaelic Teachers conference and also when it previewed at Highland Council’s Care, Learning and Housing Committee.
The video can be viewed on the Council’s YouTube site from Thursday 8 November onwards at https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHighlandCouncil (external link)
Buannachdan dà-chànanais gan comharrachadh ann am bhidio ùr
Tha Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd a’ cur bhidio ùr ‘Fàs Foghlaim’ air bhog an t-seachdain seo agus e ag amas air pàrantan a tha a’ smaoineachadh air an cuid chloinne a chlàrachadh airson Foghlam tron Ghàidhlig. Tha grunn dhaoine a’ nochdadh sa bhidio agus iad a’ mìneachadh nam buannachdan a tha an lùib Foghlam tron Ghàidhlig agus dà-chànanais.
Tha an t-Àrd-Ollamh Antonella Sorace bho Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann a’ cur an cèill mar a bhios clann òga a’ togail chànanan gu luath agus na sgilean a bhuannaicheas neach bho bhith ag ionnsachadh barrachd air aon chànan.
Tha pàrantan cuideachd a’ nochdadh sa bhidio agus iad air an cuid chloinne a chur tro Fhoghlam tron Ghàidhlig ged nach eil a’ Ghàidhlig aca fhèin. Tha seo a’ freagairt uallaichean is cheistean a dh’fhaodadh a bhith aig pàrantan, leithid ciamar a thèid aca air an cuid chloinne a chuideachadh le obair-dachaigh agus na pàrantan seo ag innse gu bheil iad fhathast a’ faireachdainn gu bheil iad gu mòr an lùib foghlam an cuid chloinne.
Tha luchd-ciùil cuideachd a’ nochdadh sa bhidio, leithid an seinneadair-òranaiche Raibeart MacDhonnchaidh, agus Chad Mac a’ Ghobhainn bho na Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Tha iadsan a’ bruidhinn mu na buannachdan a tha an lùib Foghlam Gàidhlig agus na buaidhean a tha aige air fàs leanaibh san àm ri teachd.
Chaidh am bhidio a chruthachadh gus sealltainn do phàrantan cho beartach, in-ghabhaltach agus àraid ’s a dh’fhaodas Foghlam Gàidhlig a bhith, agus gus am brosnachadh gus brath a ghabhail air na cothroman a tha na lùib.
Thuirt an Comhairliche Alasdair MacFhionghuin, Cathraiche Buidheann Ro-innleachd agus Buileachaidh Gàidhlig Chomhairle na Gàidhealtachd, “’S e bhidio sgoinneil a tha seo agus tha e a’ mìneachadh gu soilleir gu bheil iomadh buannachd an lùib a bhith ag ionnsachadh barrachd air aon chànan. Tha e a’ sealltainn do phàrantan gum faod an seòrsa foghlaim seo a bhith cho tarraingeach agus gum faod e sgilean a thoirt dhan chloinn aca nach tèid aca air a leasachadh, ma dh’fhaodte, ann an suidheachadh eile.”
Chaidh am bhidio a chruthachadh le Sgioba na Gàidhlig aig Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd agus chaidh a mhaoineachadh le Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Dh’obraich an Sgioba leis an neach-deasachaidh Dòmhnall Eòghainn MacFhionghain, aig a bheil prìomh phàirt san dràma Ghàidhlig ‘Bannan’.
Chòrd am bhidio ris an luchd-amhairc nuair a chaidh ro-shealladh a thoirt seachad aig An Alltan, a’ cho-labhairt bhliadhnail do thidsearan Gàidhlig, agus cuideachd nuair a chaidh ro-shealladh a thoirt seachad aig Comataidh Cùraim, Ionnsachaidh agus Taigheadais Chomhairle na Gàidhealtachd.
Chithear am bhidio air làrach YouTube na Comhairle bho Dhiardaoin 8 Samhain air adhart aig https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHighlandCouncil
Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools: ‘A National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland, 2018-2023’, was published in September. The strategy highlights ways that staff in libraries and schools may collaborate on continuous improvement and professional development. This strategy will be of interest to those in English and Gaelic Medium Education.
Interesting summary to support the curriculum for GME:
The preliminary rounds of the National Gaelic Schools Debate will take place on 6 and 7 November 2018. This year marks the twentieth national debate. By participating in this competition, young people in Gaelic Medium Education are afforded an opportunity to develop their debating skills through the medium of Gaelic.
Education Scotland is pleased to be a sponsor for this competition along with Bòrd na Gàidhlig, The Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, The Highland Council, Glasgow City Council and Scottish Qualifications Authority.
The final round of the competition will be on 28 November at The Scottish Parliament.
The course report for Advanced Higher Gaelic (Learners) is now available on the SQA website:
e-Sgoil’s engagement with the Scottish Attainment Challenge is now documented as part of a Live Narrative Project. This sharing of practice is intended to assist senior leaders and teachers with improving practice through the medium of Gaelic and English. More information can be found at https://education.gov.scot/improvement/practice-exemplars/live-narrative-project …
Press Release from SCILT 19 September 2018
Twenty representatives from seven local authorities across Scotland attended a conference on digital learning in Gaelic Learner Education at the University of Strathclyde on 14 September 2018. The forum discussed provision for Gaelic language learners online, with the aim of improving the digital offer and increasing the number of Gaelic learners in Scottish secondary schools.
Phyllis Green, who attended the conference on behalf of West Lothian Council, said: “The conference helped raise awareness of how we could support Gaelic learning within our authority. Following on from this event, we plan to make links with e-Sgoil, and with other local authorities, to look at how digital can be exploited to support learning within West Lothian Council.”
Jo Ellson, representing Aberdeenshire Council, commented: “It was particularly valuable to discover what is available in a wider context to support learners digitally, and to see the will of all those attending to take Gaelic learning forward.”
The event was facilitated by SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages. Delegates included representatives from Further and Higher Education as well as national education organisations, SQA and Scottish Government.
SCILT Professional Development Officer, Eòghan Stewart, said: “The conference allowed us to bring colleagues from Comhairle nan Eilean’s e-Sgoil to meet with representatives from other local authorities in order to build links with one another and with Further and Higher Education institutions. There is an appetite to learn Gaelic amongst young people but it can be unclear how to go about doing this if there is no teacher in the school. With a good digital learning strategy nationally, we hope to increase the numbers learning and, eventually, speaking the language, in line with the aims of the Scottish Government Gaelic Language Plan.”
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s e-Sgoil was established in August 2016. Through a network of staff who deliver online learning, e-Sgoil aims to support the expansion of Gaelic Medium Education locally and nationally. e-Sgoil recently launched an on-line class for National 5 and Higher Gaelic (Learners). This has attracted 12 candidates for the 2018-19 session.
More information is available here:
To support and strengthen professional learning, Education Scotland has published a new national model of professional learning which replaces previous guidance.
The model of professional learning identifies the key principles and features of effective learning that will build capacity and promote collaborative practices. The new model provides a shared language and aspiration, informing the provision, structure and nature of learning. It also outlines the kinds of learning that will empower and enable you to best meet the needs of learners.
Seminar at the Scottish Learning Festival
Leven Room, 16:15-17:15
Wednesday 19 September 2018
Names of key presenters:
Gillian Hamilton (Strategic Director, Education Scotland), Carrie Lindsay (Executive Director of Education and Children’s Services, Fife and Regional Improvement Lead, South East Alliance), headteachers from across Scotland.
Are you considering applying for a headship? This informal discussion brings together headteachers working in different sectors across Scotland to share their experiences of headship. Carrie and Gillian will discuss the support available for aspiring and new headteachers, and the changing responsibilities and expectations of the headteacher role. A panel of headteachers will share their experiences. Anne Graham, headteacher, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will represent Gaelic Medium Education (GME) on this panel.